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A California and National Model Middle School to Watch

A California Gold Ribbon School

Dear SLVMS Families:

I hope you are all enjoying the last few weeks of summer.  We have been hard at work getting things ready to roll and are anxious to see your kids!

Some of you may have noticed or heard that you can see schedules on the parent portal of PowerSchool.  Please note...THESE SCHEDULES ARE NOT FINAL!  It is an inadvertent issue with technology that even made you able to see the schedules.  We normally would never have viewing of draft schedule.  Your student’s schedule will be finalized when they get on a piece of paper next week...beginning Wednesday for 7th and 8th graders, or at WEB days on Friday for 6th graders.

Please do not call about your schedule, email to ask for a change, or ask for a teacher change.  We do not make schedule changes the first 3 weeks of school, unless there is an error in your schedule (like you are missing a class, or you have two of the thing, or you are enrolled in the wrong grade level).

I am attaching the mailing I sent last week, the new bell schedules, and a link to the supply list for each grade level.  I am looking forward to seeing everyone very soon!

Take care,

Shannon Calden

Dates to remember:

August 22nd and 23rd:  WEB leader training days-- 1 PM- 6:30 PM

August 25th:  WEB day for incoming 6th graders--9 -1 PM

August 28th:  First day of school-- first bell rings at 8:00-- school dismissed at 1:40 PM

September 4th:  No school-- Labor Day

September 7th:  SLVMS Back to School Night

September 11th:  Picture Day

September 15th:  First Dance-- 5-7 PM

October 16th:  Picture retakes

October 27th:  End of Quarter 1 grading period

October 27th:  Halloween Dance-- 5-7 PM

November 6th and 7th:  Vision and Hearing Testing

November 10th:  No School-- Veteran’s Day

November 17th:  Honor Roll Celebration

November 20th-26th:  Thanksgiving Break

December 21st:  Minimum Day-- School dismissed at 12:40

December 22nd- January 7th:  Winter Break

Schedule for Summer (it is still summer!):


Sleep a lot!


Have fun!


Sleep a lot!


Have fun!


Sleep a lot!


Have fun!


Sleep a lot!


Have fun!


Sleep a lot!


Have fun!

Visit the SLVMS website at

Or the District Facebook

Visit the Community Links webpage for information on non-school sponsored activities that may be of interest to your family at

Daily Announcements

You can read the daily announcements that are read and emailed to the kids at this link if you are interested:

School Supplies

A list of recommended school supplies for each grade level can be accessed here.  If there are problems with getting supplies, please let the office know and we can help you out.

Problem with mailing of letters to families

Last week, we mailed home letters to families with information about school, the new bell schedules, and 6th grade WEB information.  Something happened in transit, and several of you may have received an empty envelope, or no letter at all.  Our apologies.

Attached is all the information that was enclosed in that mailing.  Please contact us if you have questions.

Bell Schedule Change

Beginning this year, students will be release early on MOST Mondays at 1:40 PM, to allow staff time for collaboration and planning.  This replaces late start days.  We were unable to do the early outs on Wednesday like the elementary schools because we cannot support transportation of all students if the whole district is released at the same time.


Our first Early Release Monday will be the first day of school.  Students will be dismissed at 1:40 PM.


A copy of the bell schedule is attached, or available by clicking here.